Walter Stewart, Earl of Fife

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About Walter Stewart, Earl of Fife

Walter Stewart (c.1338–1362) was the second son of Robert Stewart, 7th High Steward of Scotland (afterwards King Robert II) and Elizabeth Mure. He married Isabella, Countess of Fife between 21 July 1360 and 20 July 1361 and was styled Lord of Fife—he died in late 1362.

He was born between 1338 and 1347. He was the son of Robert II Stewart, King of Scotland and Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan.2,3 He married Elizabeth MacDuff, Countess of Fife, daughter of Duncan MacDuff, 8th Earl of Fife and Mary de Monthermer.1 He died between 14 August 1362 and 10 January 1363.1

As a result of his marriage, Walter Stewart, Earl of Fife was styled as Earl of Fife before 14 August 1362.1


  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 215. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • [S323] Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 15. Hereinafter cited as The Scots Peerage.
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families, page 226.


Isabel was described as still "in her pure widowhood" on 21 July 1360 [Acts of David II, no 239]. Her second husband Walter Stewart was referred to as lord of Fife in accounts covering the period 5 June 1361 to 14 August 1362, [Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, vol. 2, p. 115], but was not necessarily living at the latter date.

  • Complete Peerage, Volume 5, pages 374, 375:
    • ISABEL, or ELIZABETH, suo jure COUNTESS OF FIFE [S.], only da. and h. [of Duncan, Earl of Fife (d. 1353)] She m., 1stly, William RAMSAY, of Colluthie, who, in her right, was EARL OF FIFE [S.], and as such was witness to a charter 12 Apr. 1357. He was alive Mar. 1359/60, though he probably d. soon afterwards.(f) She m., 2ndly, Walter STEWART, 2nd s. of Robert, afterwards [1371] Robert II. He was living as "Dominus de Fyff", 14 Aug. 1362, but d. s.p., very soon afterwards. She m., 3rdly (settl. before marriage, 10 Jan. 1362/3), Sir Thomas BYSET, of Upsetlington, who in her right was EARL OF FIFE [S.], having had a charter, Apr. 1363, of that earldom to himself and his issue by the said Countess. He d. s.p., before 17 Apr. 1365. She m., 4thly, and lastly, John DE DUNBAR, in her right EARL OF FIFE [S.], having had a charter to him and his said wife of that Earldom. He d. s.p., before 1371. Finally she, on 30 Mar. 1371, resigned the Earldom of Fife to Robert (STEWART), EARL OF MENTEITH [S.], next br. to her 2nd husband, retaining for her life the free tenement thereof save as to the third part then held in dower by Mary, Countess of Fife, her mother. She was living 12 Aug. 1389, but d. s.p., apparently not long afterwards.
    • 1. Boardman, Stephen (2007), The Early Stewart Kings: Robert II and Robert III, 1371–1406, The Stewart Dynasty in Scotland Series, Edinburgh: John Donald, an imprint of Birlinn Ltd, ISBN 1-904607-68-3
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Dundonald, Ayrshire , Scotland (United Kingdom)
June 5, 1361
Age 23
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)